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Sony Xperia Z Review

0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 10:56 posted on

A new flagship model, a new Xperia phone is here to try and overpower the dominant species. Is that even possible? Why, we say nothing is impossible! Ladies and gents, we're giving you the Sony Xperia Z!

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:03 12

4. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


The hottest phone for CES 2013 scored only 8.5 hmmm

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:19 9

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Warned over-excited ppl. about the issues covered in a pre-release review a few weeks back, but hey. I'm only here to say I was goddamn right! :D

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:42

25. aayupanday (Posts: 450; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Completely agree with what you said but I've got an awkward feeling that this is the device that'll be coming in my pocket (if this 5" behemoth fits in. Haha)....

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:30 5

69. Commentator (Posts: 2292; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well maybe the Sony fanboys will shut up for a change now.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:32 1

130. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Doesn't look like that at the moment lol.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:39 4

146. wendygarett (unregistered)


I just don't get it, everybody bash this phone just because camera sucks and tend to ignore the build quality of the handset... this phone is water resistance and dust resistance and hence it create hype... you pay higher price because of this... Everybody want this mostly because build quality... im not going to be spec slave and I'm gonna get this for sure

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:46

163. JC557 (Posts: 834; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


For some reason I have a feeling that the water/ dust proofing had an affect on the camera as not many mil-spec phones have excellent call or photo quality.

It could also be software related. I'm sure we'll find out in the future.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:27

217. ravearamashi (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


What if all flagship this years are water and dust resistant?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:54 12

64. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


phonearena did not do a very good review. look at the gsmarena review. phonearena did not even do benchmark tests. the XZ totally owns the gs3, note 2 and other phones in the tests even though it has to process 1080p res. they even point out that sony managed to squeeze out more juice from s4 chipset than any other phone manufacturer. optimization at its peak i say.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:05 1

113. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Xperia Z benches higher than a Droid DNA and Nexus 4. The s4 pro is far from outdatted the snapdragon 800 is only 40% faster with a better GPU. If you get this phone you will be good to go for 1-2 years and be able to enjoy any games android has to offer. People always forget that optimization matters, phones like the S2 might be old but they can still play all the newer games smoothly.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:16

152. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Really my post.. and rest in peace my dna has better benchmark than xperia z and i can post a video of it any time

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:25

154. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


gsmarena says screen was not grt and camera is not yet tested .... xperia z is late and dissappointment.. DNA is better and M7 the one will crush it into pieces..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:40

263. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


I'm with you..I think DNA still has the best screen around.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:15

151. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


What are you talking about ....DROID DNA has better benchmarks.
My DNA has
21 - 22 k antutu
8.1 k quadrant
31 fps glbenchmark
and javascript performance of xperia z is too laggy to compare.
it looks gsm arena was afraid of dna and did not put its benchmark next to xperia z.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:37

191. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


who says that xperia z javascript performance is too laggy to compare? and the benchmarks of both devices are almost equal except in antutu where xperia z wins by a large margin and quadrant where the droid dna has a higher score. and these are just benchmarks, when you start to compare them as devices, did you forget that droid dna has ONLY 11 GB non-expandable user accessible storage. i dont know about you but i think its totally stupid coz that 1080p screen can only be bragged about if you use a lot of media and games, which can easily take upto 1 gb of space each. you are going to run out of space in no time. and while the xperia z camera is not all that it was hyped up to be, its way better than the droid DNA's. the water and dust resistance is another plus for this device. winner: xperia z

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:34

218. ravearamashi (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


The benchmarks doesn't even matter. If the phone is already running smoothly on JellyBean, then any amount of quad core or more powerful processor won't even be distinguishable. It's about software features and that's what Xperia Z is lacking. Why on Earth does Note II sells more units than Optimus G and DNA combined when in fact both phones are technically superior than Note II in terms of specs and screen? It's because of the features. Multiwindows, Touchwiz UI and so on

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:05

257. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Agreee... Note has more feature than any other phone but DNA has much better GPU

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:12

258. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


I say, javascript is too laggy to compare.
javascript lower is better... and xperia z had 1.9k vs just one 1.2 k of dna..
1.You have no idea.... The Antutu benchmark of DNA is 21- 22k... for antutu v 3.x, what you see in old reviews is antutu version 2.x.. where all phones had lower score I can post a video anytime to keep your mouth shut.
2.SD.. Agreed.. but you dont know that international DNA\butterfly has SD card..so you fail again.
3. Camera of xperia better than DNA... dream on.. i can see pathetic pics and videos of xperia every where..

Screen is not good either even by gsmarena..
So DNA is still best on the market.. XPERIA is a let down

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:55 1

265. drzonw (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


I have to agree with some of the comments above. The hardware specs themselves aren't that important as long as the phone works like it should - it's lag free and runs apps and games without hiccups. And I think the score is justified, for a top of the line, newest, flagship phone, it doesn't really blow the competition away. 8.5 is all it deserves. If the newcomers from samsung and others don't offer anything better, they should have a lower score than this.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:02 9

81. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


When you think about it, there wasn't much competition at CES 2013.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:19 10

123. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


who made yo author ? your anti sony , can be seen in your rview.... we have seen a great review from GSMARENA , STUFF , T3 & futher we shall wait for CNET , ANDROID AUTHORITY & OTHERS

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:51 5

156. samystic (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


review is balanced... take your hate back to your cave and learn english, please... don't come to this website if you don't like things here

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:31

276. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1102; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Lol, calm down, you can't do anything about that :p

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:35 2

132. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


What about the Ascend D2 or Lenovo K900?

Also, the first 5" flagship is the Oppo Find 5 but hey, I like your balanced no-nonsense review.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:22

153. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


they are all from non popular OEM, anyways dna released before has better becnhmarks

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 03:45

174. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Um no, Huawei is a bigger smartphone maker than Sony according to latest numbers.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:30 4

90. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well, there weren't very many flagship phones at CES to begin with... SO saying it's the best from CES isn't saying much.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:06 8

5. aayupanday (Posts: 450; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


What ?!?!??
You've got to be kidding me !!!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:28 8

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


When hype vs. reality fights, reality usually wins. :)

It's still a very nice phone, and my issues are less about the review point. I don't like bad viewing angles, Android buttons takes space off the 5" screen (especially if rivals could place it under without increase of size) plus all these covers over ports. In the end, as good an advertisement feature as water resistance is, if you find your phone underwater you're doing something terribly wrong

It's a well-rounded device as other reviews pointed out, but not perfect, you choose this, the DNA or the Find 5, and you'll be happy. But right now, as I've been saying for a while, it is worth waiting to see what Samsung and Motorola has to offer.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:47

29. aayupanday (Posts: 450; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Completely agree with what you said but I've got an awkward feeling that this is the device that'll be coming in my pocket (if this 5" behemoth fits in. Haha)....

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:19 2

50. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I also dont like bad viewing angles. Its one reason I like Amoled screens.

I also like the saturated colors of Amoled. I also like the contrast and blacks of Amoled...lol. Basically....what I'm saying is for me to get a phone with an LCD screen again...it has to have the pros or most of the pros of Amoled or I have to like the phone so much the screen doesnt matter.

All I know is comparing my Rezound to my orig RAZR and Maxx HD..LCD isnt the end all be all. No matter how high the screen res or if its non Pentile.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:07

114. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Its 150 degrees view angles. That is far from bad. do you look at your phone sideways? No anything over around 120 is pointless. View angles only matter on tablets, tvs and monitors if you want to share media with friends and are a huge gimmick on phones.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:32 1

277. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1102; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Wpould you look at your phone from the side?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:07 12

6. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Looks nice but no thank you. I'll wait for the GS4.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:10 2

196. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


why dislike such haha :D
fahqman just want gs4, if u dont like den buy your XZ,
all XZ fanboys are now angry because of this review

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:00 2

224. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Samsung must be doing really well if they have so many jealous haters following em everywhere lol

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:09 15

7. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Dear PA... How come that you only gave 8.5 for this beautiful and wonderful phone??? you got to be kidding me...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:12 18

8. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


read the article first then comment. 8.5 isn't bad at all, this rating doesn't mean anything as long as its owner is happy

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:14 12

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


This is supposed to be the camera used in all the flagships this year!? :-O
Nokia will destroy them.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:06 4

85. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


all other flagships even without a camera > nokia's flagship with Pure'Gray'View tech

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:55 2

210. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


you need to grow up too, nokia excels in the camera department and whatever you think of the os the new lumia's are great devices

plus ''Pure'Gray'View tech'' soo unfunny and makes no sense kid

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:58 2

223. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


maybe you should take that dumbass sunglass off your avatar to see better kid. Don't give me all these blogs have said Pure'Gray'View tech is almost as good as DSLR pic quality. If you believe everything what these major tech sites tell you, I don't even have to tell you what you are because I think you already know about that yourself.

Just see it for yourself kid. If it was really that good, nokia wouldn't be selling their assets to stay alive. What, they don't market themselves like other big boys so is that why they're stuggling? Face it kid, new lumia's aren't bad but they just can't compete with the big boys in the market because they just aren't that good like you wanna make em to be.

chaoticrazor is the only moron on PA that ALWAYS defends Pure'Gray'View like he's on nokia's payroll. Truth is he's just another bum with no job with craziest fanboyism for nokia. You should really invest more of your time on getting a job instead of being a Pure'Gray'View police without getting paid by nokia.

Even if Pure'Gray'View is that good like you want them to be for some weird reason, I still say all other flagships even without a cam is still better than nokia's flagship with Pure'Gray'View tech

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:06 1

225. Anamela233 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Pure'Gray'View lol that is actually funny

920 & 808 pureview's pics does seem to look grayish compare to other highend smartphone cams

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:30 1

238. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


actually pureview really works and you can only salivate thinking of it as it will be never implemented into your andro devices.
maybe in the next millenia sony will produce something decent and not-so-late
If you dare to say that PureView is not good enough and nothing to write home about then how can you be so marveled at Z's camera capabilities when they are dramatically worse than Lumia's or 808?????

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:52 1

298. fahqman (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


I guess nokia fanboys only take pictures at night lol

Pure'Gray'View Phase 2 is Pure'Gray'Joke

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:15 18

11. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Biased review by iPhoneArena

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:29 6

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, that must be it, because based on the wet photos it should be 9,5 at least (or maybe it's not the phone that got wet HA!)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:08 2

115. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


What other featured phone can you just wash off in your sink when it gets dirty or not have to worry about it being damaged when theres water around? None.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:33 2

278. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1102; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Dissapointing, I thought it would have at least 9.5

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:16 13

12. theyseemetrollintheyhatin (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


8.5 is the right score this phone brought very little if any new features to the table good review as always phone arena.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:22 17

52. Izoe (Posts: 103; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


and the iphone 5 got a 9 for bringing what new feature exactly? Apple maps?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:34 9

56. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Uh Excuse me sir, Apple pay GOOD money to get this rating, thank you very much....lol

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:09 1

116. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


If the iphone 5 hardware ran android it would be worse than phones from 2011.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:17 8

13. GJanee (Posts: 204; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


they did not learn from the iphone 4 in terms of design... that all glass design will be a real scratchmagnet. not to mention when it shatters or gets cracks and crevices...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:47 5

76. kephaff (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Actually they did by going with a new type of glass called Dragon Trail Glass allowing it to be scratch resistent as well I can't upload links right now since i'm a new users but go on youtube and look up dragon trail glass

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:48

97. GJanee (Posts: 204; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


gorilla glass was said to be scratch resistant, but that's not invulnerable either. i don't flame the dtg but don't expect wonders from it.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:36 1

279. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1102; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


It's easier to get rid of the fingerprints than on the iphone

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:22 11

15. aco96 (Posts: 182; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Score doesn't mean anything. If someone likes this phone he will buy it regardless the score. For example my X7-00 scored 5, but I'm very satisfied with it. :)

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:42 3

171. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


yes ..Score doesn't mean anything....but , PA is wrong ...this phone deserve a better score...9... thats what we are tryng to say...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:13

199. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


so??
if you really like this phone then buy it.. dont consider the rating unless you want that this phone which will eventually be yours be the smartphone of d year..,

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